High water piles up debris on the banks of Churchpool
3-24-10 The Farmington River continues to flow at obnoxious levels, however it is dropping. I checked the river this morning to find that most banks and every small island is still deeply submerged beneath the swift current. The small rivers, streams, and brooks that wash into the Farmington are receding and the flows should return to normal by this weekend. The water temperature has risen in the past few days to 40 degrees.
As the water level falls and fish return to their normal lies the nymphing and streamer fishing will pick up. Some good nymph choices are Golden Stonefly nymphs in sizes 12-16, Mayfly nymphs such as Hares Ear, and Pheasant Tails in sizes 14-20 to imitate the mayfly nymphs that are present on the stream bottom in the largest numbers.
For streamers you can’t beat the Wooly Bugger this time of year while it resembles all sorts of large food organisms that trout depend on as their activity increases with the rising water temps. Dead drifted along the bottom this fly imitates stonefly nymphs, and can be quartered downstream and fished across the current making it look like a baitfish.
The best action on top will be stirred with Caddis pupa and Caddis dry flies in sizes 20-24, or Small Stonefly dries in sizes 14-18, there have been good numbers of the larger Stones active on the river. Whatever you choose to do, do it safely, and take precaution! Do not venture far from the bank in this high water, one false move and rescue units could be pulling you from the river.
Lots of sitting around with H2o levels up "In the Woods"
Some standing around too! JW trying to nymph along the edges.